HBO is bringing together “Brooklyn Nine Nine‘s” shrewd cop, Andy Samberg, and “Game of Thrones‘” bastard night watchman, Kit Harrington, in the one-off mockumentary project entitled “7 Days in Hell.” Read further to know more about this production.
Set during the Wimbledon Championships, “7 Days in Hell” will revolve around two tennis stars, Aaron Williams (Samberg) and Charles Poole (Harrington). The character of Williams is known as the perennial superstar bad boy, while Poole is the prodigy who still works as a truck driver.
Williams and Poole will face off during Wimbledon’s seven-day match, which will also feature Will Forte (“Satuday Night Live”) as the tennis historian, Mary Steenburgen (“Justified”) as Poole’s controlling mom and Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy“) as Poole’s childhood friend, who figures in a sex-tape controversy with Williams that causes more strife and bad blood between the two tennis opponents.
The comedy has also booked an ensemble supporting cast lead by Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Fred Armisen (“Portlandia”), Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex”), Howie Mandel (“Deal or No Deal), June Squibb (“Nebraska”) and newscaster Soledad O’Brien who will play herself.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the idea for the mockumentary was pitched by Samberg to HBO, along with Murray Miller who has written for “Girls.” “Saturday Night Live” director Jake Szymanski has been tapped to do this TV movie.
The plot of the mockumentary seemed similar to an actual record-breaking match between Nicolas Mahut and John Isner during the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, where the athletes played against each other for eleven hours, divided over three days. While tennis games do span long matches, this particular set between Mahut and Inser was beyond normal.
Details as to when “7 Days in Hell” will premiere have yet to be announced by HBO, but with the show’s pedigree, viewers are already looking forward to watching this. Because the project is only a one-time production set as a TV movie, this will not affect Samberg and Harrington’s schedule with their respective shows.
We will keep you posted here on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more about “7 Days in Hell.”
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